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Yusuf Pathan, Jacques Kallis guide Kolkata Knight Riders to easy win over Rajasthan Royals

Yusuf Pathan, Jacques Kallis guide Kolkata Knight Riders to easy win over Rajasthan Royals

Yusuf Pathan was not out on 49 that came off just 35 balls as KKR won by eight wickets © PTI

By Jaideep Vaidya
 
Kolkata: May 3, 2013

Yusuf Pathan was left unbeaten one run short of what would have been his first half-century of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 as he, along with his more experienced teammate Jacques Kallis (33 not out), guided the Kolkata Knight Riders to a comfortable eight-wicket win over the Rajasthan Royals.

Doing so, KKR have given themselves a chance to qualify for the playoffs. The defending champions will have to win all their remaining games to achieve that. There was no change in the positions of the teams in the points table.

Chasing a lowly 133 for victory, openers Gautam Gambhir and Manvinder Bisla provided the hosts a solid start, before the former was stumped superbly by Dishant Yagnik, who was standing up to Shane Watson. Bisla was to fall not so long after after a leading edge off the bowling of left-arm spinner Ankeet Chavan flew towards cover where Ajinkya Rahane dived forward to take the catch.
 
At 55 for two in the eighth over, KKR would have found themselves in a spot of bother, if not more, as the out-of-form Yusuf came in to join the veteran Kallis.

The duo, however, secured KKR their fourth victory of the season with an unbeaten 78-run partnership for the third wicket that took them home convincingly.

Earlier, on a sluggish surface at the Eden Gardens, the Rajasthan Royals crawled along to 132 for six.

Sanju Samson produced another gem of an innings (40 off 36 balls) for the Royals to buoy them out of trouble after two quick wickets early on and again at halfway stage of the innings begged to derail them.

There were shades of his illustrious and elegant skipper, Rahul Dravid, in the shots he played. The flick off the pads was like watching a young Dravid impress one and all at Lord’s in 1996.
 
Samson’s innings may not have come for India, more so in the purest format of the game, but the impression the young lad has left after his last two knocks gives Indian cricket tremendous hope for the future.
 
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, the Royals opened with Shane Watson and Ajinkya Rahane, who looked good for the three overs that their partnership lasted, before haste from Rahane’s side got him stumped off Sachithra Senanayake’s bowling.
 
To the surprise of KKR, it wasn’t Dravid or who walked out at No 3, or Samson, but James Faulkner, perhaps in a bid to up the run-rate in the Powerplay overs. The experiment failed as Faulkner was to last all of four balls, before being dismissed via a mistimed square-drive that flew straight to point.
 
In walked Samson, high on confidence after his match-winning effort against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Rajasthan’s last match. Together with the experienced Watson, Samson lifted the Royals out of the pit they were sliding in and carried them to the halfway point without further damage.
 
It was here that KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir brought in the second of his mysterious tweakers, Sunil Narine, as has been the norm throughout this tournament. And the West Indian struck straight away as Watson failed to read his wrong ‘un and was trapped plumb in front, breaking a good-looking 44-run stand.
 
Wicketkeeper-bat Dishant Yagnik did not last long either, before Owais Shah walked in at No 6 with the Royals at 83 for four in the 13th over, and in a spot of bother. Shah, in need of runs to keep his place in the side, combined with Samson to steady the Royals’ innings. The duo put on a cautious run-a-ball 34 before Samson holed out to Jacques Kallis at long-on, going for the big shot.
 
Still no Rahul Dravid as Stuart Binny came in at No 7, who lasted with Shah until the last over, but struggled to provide a late surge that would take them to a par total. In the end, Rajasthan could manage only 132, as Dravid got to face all of three balls coming in at No 8.

Brief scores:
 
Rajasthan Royals 132 for 6 in 20 overs (Sanju Samson 40, Shane Watson 35; Sachithra Senanayake 2 for 26) lost to Kolkata Knight Riders 133 for 2 in 17.2 overs (Yusuf Pathan 49*, Shane Watson 33*; Shane Watson 1 for 21) by 8 wickets.

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